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Real Madrid, Barcelona watching €120 million-rated Chelsea midfield target

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Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the midfield position are glaringly unclear. After carrying the team on their shoulders for over a decade, both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have a cloud of uncertainty over their future and it is Real Madrid’s priority to replace them.

Jude Bellingham is the club’s primary transfer target for the summer and the Merengues are prepared to make him their biggest acquisition in recent history. He is seen as a replacement for the veteran Croat. 

However, they will pursue another top young target if Toni Kroos decides to hang up his boots at the end of the season. The German is expected to make his decision in the next month. In such a situation, Enzo Fernandez’s signing becomes a realistic possibility.

According to reports from Record Portugal, Real Madrid are very attentive to the situation of the Argentine phenom. However, they are not alone as Barcelona and Chelsea are closely monitoring his availability too.

Benfica will not listen to offers less than his release clause of €120 million. That fee is considered very high by the Bernabeu offices, but Chelsea are willing to shell out €100 million and offer players in exchange as well, that too in the ongoing transfer window.

Fernandez was one of Argentina’s better players in last year’s FIFA World Cup which his team went on to win. Subsequently, he was crowned the best young player in the tournament and saw his stocks soar sky-high.

In 16 Liga Portugal games for Benfica so far this season, the 22-year-old has scored one goal and provided five assists. He has created nine big chances and averages a whopping 1.8 key passes per game.

In his most recent outing against Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga, the midfielder was the man of the match with two assists, 125 touches and a whopping 20 defensive. Needless to say, he is the complete package.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid’s interest might not actually materialise into a transfer as Chelsea are pushing with great intent to sign Fernandez before the January window closes.

Even if the midfielder stays at Benfica until the summer, Los Blancos could find it difficult to fund moves for both him and Bellingham, with the latter being the priority target for the club.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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